Holiday Activity Fund 2021

For the past 2 years, Edsential have taken a leading role in the coordination of the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). In 2020, we delivered the largest of the pilot programmes to date, covering 3 North West Local Authorities (Cheshire West and Chester, Wirral and Halton). See below for just some of the impact of Edsential’s HAF2020.

The Department for Work and Pensions have confirmed that for 2021, funding will be made available to extend the Holiday Activity Fund (HAF) programme across the whole of England.

Supported by the Department for Education, Edsential will be delivering a free webinar to help Local Authorities prepare and explore the expectations of the DfE, share ‘Best Practice’ and discuss next steps:

  • 1st December 11.00am-12.00pm – Guest speakers: Matthew Chappell, DfE and Paul Bunker, NWADCS

We look forward to seeing you there. In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on

Impact of Holiday Activity Fund 2020

Families across west Cheshire, Wirral and Halton were able to enjoy free, nutritious food and activities at a wide range of exciting clubs over the 2020 summer holidays. Funded by the Department for Education, the Holiday Activity Fund received by Edsential was able to support over 11,400 children across local boroughs, at a time when such provision for young people and their families was needed more than ever.

With the help of our local partners, we were able to support and provide funding for over 100 community, voluntary and faith sector organisations, along with schools, who jointly delivered:

  • Over 147,000 healthy meals and 97,000 family food and activity parcels.
  • Over 155,000 activity-filled attendance days, with physical activities such as dance, yoga and adventure play, plus diverse enrichment activities including arts and crafts and forest school.
  • Creative online provision, receiving over 76,000 user interactions.


“This food and activity have been a God send to my family I don’t know how we would of coped” – Parent

“Thank you so much for our parcel and activity packs, my boys were over the moon with the birdhouses ” Parent

“I am a single dad and the fact that the cooking ingredients were all measured and the recipe was so easy to follow along with the video meant that me and my two daughters could have lots of fun in the kitchen” – Parent

“It’s so nice to see my friends again” – Child 

“Can I come on Monday as well it is so much fun!” – Child 

“We loved making the fruit kebabs and our lunch” – Child 

“Had great fun playing cricket and tennis today”- Child 

“I want to come every day”- Child 

“Robin was really impressed with the information and organisation of the folders shared with him. He had everything he needed which made for a hassle free Audit!” – External Auditors

‘MP Justin Madders visited the sessions this week and enjoyed the dancing…Many children have had such a fab time they are signing up to continue with LATC and FSM children will get free places with us.” – Little Actors Theatre Group

“Seeing friends reunite after months apart and seeing them return to school reserved and nervous but them leaving enjoying school again and saying how much fun it was” Blacon Educational Village